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A Quiet Election Day
November 6th, 2011

Even by the standards of the off-off-year election — those contests in odd-numbered years when there is no mayoral race — this is a non-election election year.

There are no contested races of any kind in the Bronx or Manhattan, according to the Board of Elections’ lists of candidates. In Queens and Brooklyn, the sole seats up for grabs are judgeships. Only Staten Island residents will have the chance to vote for or against someone they might actually have heard of: Republican District Attorney Daniel Donovan, who faces a challenge from Democrat Mike Ryan. It’s a repeat of their 2007 contest.

(For details on the district attorney race, go here. For more on the judicial contests, go here.)

Sleepy elections occur about once every four years in New York, Unlike the one in 2007, this year’s features no ballot measures, fewer contests for the bench and no particularly high profile ones. As is often the case in general elections in New York City, many candidates including those for some important posts face no opposition.

More voting details after the jump.

In Queens, for example, Ruben Wills, a Democrat, faces no opposition for the City Council seat he originally won in a special election last fall. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson has the Republican, Democratic and Conservative party lines in his quest for another term. The Bar Association of the City Of New York lists Johnson as not approved for the post but voters have little choice — but he’s unopposed anyway. So is Queens DA Richard Brown, who is “approved.”

For those of you who do plan to vote, polls will be open on Tuesday, as usual, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find out if you can vote or the location of your poll site, call (toll-free) 866-868-3692.

Going to the Board of Election poll site locator, will not only enable you to find out where to vote but for the first time will also provide a sample ballot for your area. (Note you will see a sample ballot and can even vote if all candidates running from your area are unopposed. You may decide it’s not worth the trouble, though.)

By on November 6, 2011, 9:39 pm
In category: Electoral Politics,Gotham City,Governing | 7 Comments »

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